Health in Slums

Health in Slums is a joint initiative between Maastricht University and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. We seek to improve the health and well-being of urban slum communities in Bangalore, India, through action oriented research in close collaboration with key local stakeholders.

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Urban slum dwellers in cities such as Bangalore often have to cook, sleep and live within the same overcrowded space, resulting in indoor air pollution and an elevated risk of respiratory disease.  Our initial project – Project Exhale – focuses on the co-development of solutions to address indoor air pollution in urban slums in Bangalore together with local communities and partners.


The extent to which urban slum communities can access formal health services is very limited. While many organizations work tirelessly to provide care to these communities through health camps, mobile clinics, home visits and other initiatives, a wide range of barriers to access remain for many urban slum residents. Non-medically trained personnel, including health workers, play an important role within this context. Therefore, harnessing e-health and mobile health technologies to enable such persons to perform basic health screening tasks, and support them in identifying more serious cases that need referral to formal health services, can be invaluable. Project THULSI seeks to meet this need.


Students from Maastricht University and Zuyd University of Applied Sciences have contributed to the work of Health in Slums in a range of ways. Our students work on our core projects, as well as on projects implemented by our partners in order to contribute to the efforts of the Health in Slums network in Bangalore.


A health camp was organized by our PhD students – Cristian, Preeti and Megha – together with Bangalore Baptist Hospital and Pragathi Charitable Trust at Sumanahali in November, 2016.


IPCRG conference

Professor Onno van Schayck, and Cristian, Preeti and Megha – the three PhD researchers working on Project Exhale – attended the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) South Asian Scientific Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka at the beginning of August, 2017. Professor Onno van Schayck spoke on the “Global impact of air pollution and local […]

Health camp at Ashrayanagar

A health camp organized by Health in Slums, Bangalore Baptist Hospital and Pragathi Charitable Trust was held in Ashrayanagar in July, 2017. During the health camp, the local community was provided with a health check (with approximately 100-150 consultations) and free medicines as needed. One member of the community – a 65 year old woman […]

New publication in The Lancet

We are pleased to announce that a new article entitled “COPD and asthma: the emergency is clear, now is the time for action” by Onno van Schayck and Esther Boudewijns has been published in The Lancet. You can access it here.

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